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Aug
21
2016
What Gord Downie is Teaching Us About Living | YummyMummyClub.ca

None of us is getting out of here alive; there's nothing more certain about life than our eventual death.

Some of us will have our lives ripped from our hands in an instant with nary a second to ponder our existence, while others, like Gord Downie, will be handed their death sentence and time. Months, days, and then seconds to grapple with the greatest question of all; did I live a life worth living?

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3 Nutty Recipes Good for People with Peanut Allergies| YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

No matter what you’ve heard about nuts in the past, I’m here to tell you that size DEFINITELY matters. So does the feel of them. They should be dry and never oily, because ewwww, who wants to touch oily nuts? And if the nuts you grab aren’t fresh, then you haven’t been living my friend.

What? No, what did you think I was talking about? Sheesh, get your head out of the gutter, friends. This is a respectable website.

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Jun
30
2016
Which of These Pantene Products Will Tame Your Summer Hair?

I love the carefree attitude that accompanies summer. Everything just gets easier. I worry less about bedtimes and having a clean house. And yes, we can have cereal for dinner when it’s too hot to cook. I let go of routines and become more spontaneous in all that I do. It’s a feeling that permeates everything, right down to my beauty routine.

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Apr
15
2016

Everything You Need to Start Planning a WOW Summer

Pack away the snow pants, take the winter tires off, and get ready for summer!

Everything You Need to Start Planning a WOW Summer

Before you know it, Canadians will be outside in droves, stock-piling as much Vitamin D as they can get. My family is no exception. Just like that first meal on an outdoor patio is the sweetest, so too is the pilgrimage to Canadian Tire for everything we’ll need to enjoy every last second of summer.

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Apr
14
2016

The Time to Get Kids Loving Real Food is Now

How two Ottawa Schools are using their Metro Green Apple School Program Grant Money

The Time to Get Kids Loving Real Food is Now

When it comes to food, I’m pretty sure that as a society, we’ve gone off the rails. I first started to notice our unhealthy connection with food when my kids started school. It seemed to me that every occasion revolved around junk food. A kid’s birthday meant cupcakes for everyone. When parents bring cupcakes or treats for birthdays, this meant 20 to 30 days in the school year included unhealthy food. Add in Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Easter, pajama day, movie day, and bake sales.

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Apr
11
2016

5 Smart Ideas to Create Homework Habits that Stick

A consistent approach to homework can lay a foundation for success

5 Smart Ideas to Create Homework Habits that Stick

When it comes to homework, I’m a hands-off mama. I already did my time, so I have zero interest in sitting down and doing more with my kids. That’s not to say that I don’t value homework — I do. It’s just that my time is better spent showing my kids how to be self-learners and how to develop homework habits, and not by actually doing their homework.

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Panama Papers | YummyMummyClub.ca

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Panama Papers in the news the last couple of days. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet, you will. The Panama Papers are poised to create some serious problems for the world’s richest and most powerful people. So you don’t get too lost in the wormhole though let me give you the short short version; stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

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Mar
11
2016
Important Things You Need to Do Before Taking Your Kids on Vacation

I’ve been travelling with my children since they were infants, so I’m often asked if there's a perfect age to take a trip with kids. My answer is always, right now. Right now is as perfect as it’s ever going to get, no matter what their age. Travel is one of the best gifts you can give your children and yourself, so don’t delay, start planning now!

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Feb
17
2016

How to Prepare for & Manage Your Kid's Post-Surgery Pain

Little one heading in for surgery? Here's what you need to know about pain management

How to Prepare for & Manage Your Kid's Post-Surgery Pain

When my youngest daughter was four, we noticed she had started to snore. At first, we thought it was cute, but then it started to sound like a freight train roaring through the house at night. Our family doctor immediately sent her for a sleep study. Imagine our surprise when our little waif of a girl was diagnosed with sleep apnea!

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Nov
26
2015

Don't Let Your Kids Make the Same Financial Mistakes I Made

Download these Free Resources from RBC to help teach them the easy way

Don't Let Your Kids Make the Same Financial Mistakes I Made

My dad likes to tell this funny story from my childhood. It goes a little something like this:

I had really, REALLY wanted the latest and greatest thing-a-ma-bob that all my friends had, and I begged my dad mercilessly to get it for me. Exasperated, he finally gave it to me straight. “Candace,” he said, “I don’t have the money for that right now. I can’t afford it!” Without missing a beat, I responded with: “That’s OK. Just write a cheque.”

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How to Show Our Daughters What True Confidence Really Means

Growing up, I looked for girls like me in the media. But there were none. The only thing staring back at me from the pages of magazines were “supermodels.”

Supermodel is a term that was coined in the 1980s—at the height of my teen confidence issues. These seemingly perfect women were everywhere I looked. The message the media was pushing back on me was that I would never measure up. I never would be six-feet tall, have thick flowing hair, or have sculpted cheeks and flawless skin. In other words: I would never be beautiful.

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Oct
05
2015

12 Ideas to Pamper Yourself on Your Next Family Vacation

Successfully de-stress while enjoying family time

Moms: Here's How to Truly Relax While On Vacation

When it comes to my family’s vacation getaways, I feel zero shame when I say that no one deserves it more than I do. Before you declare me selfish, consider the following:

I’m the one who spends countless hours ensuring that everyone has clothes that fit, that bags are packed, that the correct currency is in our wallets, that we all have updated passports and a that a dog-sitter has been arranged.

Sound familiar?

No wonder moms need a holiday; just getting out the door is exhausting.

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Sep
14
2015
How to Keep Your Kids Entertained While On Vacation

If you’re currently thinking about your next holiday but not sure if there will be enough to keep your kids amused, I'm here to tell you that you can have the best of both worlds.

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Sep
02
2015
5 Fun Ideas for Better Communication with Your Teen

Just when you think you’ve figured out how to effectively communicate with your kids, they go and change all the rules on you. And at no time is this more evident than when they hit the teen years. Suddenly grunts become answers and eye rolls are a standard response to any question, no matter how innocuous. So, to combat the "teen wall of silence," we parents need to get creative and talk to our teens when their defenses are down. 

Here are five things you can do to open lines of communication with your kids:

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Jul
29
2015
Cecil the Lion

You’re scaring me internet.

I can not believe I am about to write this, but our collective condemnation of the man who killed #CecilTheLion is going off the rails. Before you grab your pitchfork, let me preface this whole thing with these three things I believe to be true:

1)    Cecil and all lions are magnificent creatures that deserve our protection. Furthermore, no animal should be hunted for sport or to the point of extinction.

2)    Dr. Palmer is a twisted and sad man to derive pleasure from killing any animal.

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Jul
21
2015

Why Ontario's Southwest Beaches are More than Beach-y Fun

Slip in Some Stealth Learning during your vacation this summer

Why Ontario's Southwest Beaches are More than Beach-y Fun

I grew up within striking distance of Ontario’s best beaches. Grand Bend, The Pinery, and Port Stanley were second homes to me in the summer from tot to teenager. Sand between my toes and wind swept hair were a way of life. It wasn’t until I moved away that I realized I took for granted what was so close.

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funny toddler behaviours

I love Andrea Nair, I do. She’s the child whisperer and how can you not have a crazy amount of respect for someone who not only talks the talk, but walks it too. I mean hello, the woman just started homeschooling her children ON TOP of everything else she does. I am, simply put, in awe.

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Jul
07
2015
5 Wonderful Surprises About My Hysterectomy

I am now seven months post hysterectomy and I finally feel I'm in a place to talk to others intelligently about it. But first, let's pause for a dance break.

Because really, I'LL NEVER HAVE A PERIOD AGAIN!

Sometimes, I'll just be sitting there and this awesome realization hits me and I break out my jazz hands.

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Jun
30
2015

How to Save Money So You Can Splurge on Fun Experiences

Put more of your hard-earned money towards family fun and memories

How to Save Money So You Can Splurge on Fun Experiences

I’m the type of person who would rather have a vacation over a diamond any day. My simple mission on earth is this:

Do and see as much as I can in the short time I’m here.

But this philosophy can’t happen without a plan. Summer, of course, is prime save on everyday items, splurge on experiences time for all of us, so in order to make sure my family and I get out and do memorable things, I have a strict save/splurge program in place and I'm going to show you how I do it so you can do it, too!

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Jun
23
2015
10 Norton Security Features That Will Keep Your Tech Safe

When I travel, I should carry my laptop and phone tucked inside a steel briefcase, handcuffed to my wrist. After all, I carry an "Ehm"-pire around with me, a responsibility I don't take lightly. I have all things related to YummyMummyClub.ca's inner workings tucked away on my laptop and phone and it STRESSES me out.

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